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Blood Donations

How long do you take off from training when you make a blood donation?

The Red Cross says no heavy lifting for 24 hours after donating.

I figure no upper body exercise on the same day for safety.

I donated this morning and still want to get some squats in this afternoon.

I’ll be in a power rack so should be find.

I give blood on a pretty regular basis, but I always do so in the morning. If I’m going to train that day, it’d usually not until around 4:30 or 5pm. I wouldn’t do heavy deads or squats, but anything else should be okay.